Silver in the Bible 

Did you know that “silver” appears in the Bible 283 times? The first mention of silver is in relation to the patriarch of faith, Abraham or Abram (before God changed his name). Genesis 13:2 says: “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.” This was when Abram left Egypt to settle in Bethel, where he had made an altar and called on the name of the Lord.

The Bible says that Abram was rich in silver and in gold. So we see that being rich in and of itself is not unGodly, as sometimes “spiritual” people claim. Wealth an be a blessing from God and it is the condition of our hearts and what we do with it that matters.

1 Timothy 6:10 says: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Notice that it is the “love” of money, not money itself, which is the root of all evil. Again, it’s a matter of the will and intent of the heart and the mind. We see this also explained in one of the wisdom books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes 5:10, which says: “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

But wealth, including silver can be used for both good and evil.

For example, when Abraham sought a wife for his son, Isaac, he sent his servant with a dowry of gold and silver to Rebekah and her family. Genesis 24:53 records: “And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.”

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But the most obvious example of silver being used for evil is when Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus for a mere 30 pieces of silver. This is recorded in the Gospels, including Matthew 26:14-16:

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

Another example of silver and gold being used for evil is when the Israelites used these precious metals to create idols to worship. The Bible says: “Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold” (Exodus 20:23). But the problem was not with the gold or the silver itself but what they did with them, to create false gods and to worship them, when true worship only belongs to God.

So silver, gold, precious gems, wealth and riches can be used for either good or evil. In short, there is nothing intrinsically evil about gold or silver jewelry. In fact, the Bible says in the Book of Genesis, the first book in the Scriptures: “And the gold of that land is good” (Genesis 2:12). So God calls gold good, and likewise, by implication, silver also. It is mankind’s heart that is the problem.

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